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Symbolism in A rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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Oscar Briones

on 27 September 2013

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Transcript of Symbolism in A rose for Emily by William Faulkner

A Rose For Emily
Theme
creation of
through symbolism
The passage of time can create end for many things.
by Oscar Briones
Throughout the story William Faulkner is able to create the
theme
through many literary devices,
one of which is symbolism. Some things that may be looked over, may actually mean more than they seem to.
It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores
Explanation
The house in a rose for Emily is fairly symbolic,
as it can represent and symbolize many things.
Through this quote it shows eventual death
through decay and the passage of time. How the traditional house and decor had become something of the past. The usual decor and tradition is an "eyesore" to the the neighborhood and is representative of the death of tradition.
Dust
It smelled of dust and disuse--a close, dank smell.
Dust symbolizes time passing and old things. this directly relates to the them of passage of time. It shows the oldness of the house as well as characterizes Emily.
Emily's Appearance
Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness in another was obesity in her. She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue.
it had been some time since anyone besides her own servant, in this description the author uses Emily's appearance to symbolize death. The POV fo the townspeople describing her is as a skeleton, but also a figure that has drowned and become bloated from soaking in water. Arguably, both of these represent death.
the hair
Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.
The hair is found next to a body (assumed to be Homer) when the towns people come in. Gray hairs tend to remind people of older people since its the stereotype, and age is part of being old. The hair also symbolizes the loneliness of Emily and the last reminder of tradition. The house will probably not stand for long and the hair will stay to decay and disappear along with the body.
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